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Closer
Closer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to me..., July 14, 2002
This review is from: Closer (Audio CD)
"24 hours" is one of the best, wholly affective songs ever written I think. I'm sure bands like Portishead and Massive Attack have got their thunderous moodishness and pace from listening to an old scratched vinyl version of Closer late at night. The tone and the depth of it reaches out from the speakers and floors you. So don't listen to it in the morning if you've got a big day planned. Listen to it on a spacious and formless day/night and float a little in a sad real space wedged between what you hoped for and what you dread.


Dogma [VHS]
Dogma [VHS]
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6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dog Food, February 9, 2001
This review is from: Dogma [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Dog biscuits take ages to eat and are very bland (taste like cardboard) so does this movie. What is the point of having a plot so complicated that all the characters get to do is explain it the whole way through? I never thought I'd say this but the adolescent humour is the best thing about this film ... and amazingly Ben Affleck and Mat Damon still manage to be entertaining despite being weighed down with the prerequisite ton of boring dialogue
and to those of you that insist this movie is a masterpiece designed for only those that understand ... this movie does not go over my head ... get real ... the observations it makes about religion are so tired and boring that I think I remember my Catholic School priest bring them up in a Morning Mass once.
I don't have a dislike for K. Smith either I really loved Chasing Amy and Clerks and Mallrats were pretty good too.
But why Kevin why? As my mother once said, it isn't funny and it isn't clever so don't do it


The Restraint of Beasts
The Restraint of Beasts
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fence Posts..., February 7, 2001
The matter of fact absurdity of life looms large in this novel. Life is a ludicrous experience, of course! Especially when you're a fencer stuck in a caravan in Scotland.
Mills reveals the true nature of his characters with a good humoured frankness and understatement. The repititious minutae of the narrator's life continues until it becomes like a hilarious rythmic nightmare. I felt like it was nothing when I started but like a hamster on wheel I just felt compelled to keep going. The bits of carrot at the end of the stick are the hilarious/honest minor variations to the days and nights of the characters and they're the kind of variations that definately make life interesting but don't usually cut it in novels. But with the help of three characters who work hard-ish, drink very hard and think small Mills manages it.
Although ... on another note ... I have to admit the ending is a little out of whack and uneccesary.


Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
by George Plimpton
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The little vicious things ..., February 7, 2001
Perhaps this biography is a little of what Capote deserves: a lot of meaningless gossip and personal opinions tainted by jealousy, self interest and self delusion.
What was most compelling to me was to see the self interest of those interviewed about Truman become clear through their comments. Many of them take on a noble & condescending tone offering ideas for Capote's alcoholic downfall whilst attempting to come across as clever/funny/sympathetic/noble & above it all. The truth is we're all a little bit obsessed with ourselves/gossip and life's trivia. Capote was no more tragic than many other people. He seemed to have a pretty full life and he left behind some beautiful writing. I can't agree with many of the interviewees that Truman never reached any depth with his writing. They seem to forget that at the end of the day life is quite often just about the small things and that depth can be achieved with the lightest touch.
It is an entertaining book though and if any particular person starts to bore you you can just move onto the next quote. Rather like one of Truman's infamous parties!
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A Fish in the Water: A Memoir
A Fish in the Water: A Memoir
by Mario Vargas Llosa
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life and Fiction, October 20, 2000
Many memoirs have the benefit of allowing us a personal interpretation on events we have observed in the media on a more superficial scale. The main attraction of this memoir is being able to catch a glimpse of the real life events that later shaped Vargas Llosa's amazing fiction. The fact that his early life was the foundation of many of his great works (Conversations in the Cathedral, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter etc)is perhaps suggestion enough to the avid Vargas Llosa reader that the accounts of his childhood, adolescence and early manhood are sure to be fascinating, and indeed they are.
The stories of his early life are interspersed with his ill fated run for Presidency in Peru much later in his life. Although this section is also well written and offers an insightful if rather bleak view of the politics of the third world it doesn't match the magic and narrative interest of his earlier memoirs.
Overall this book presents a portrait of a wise, humble and compassionate man who struggles to come to terms with his ambivalence for his homeland.


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